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'Co. Aytch,' Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment or, A Side Show of the Big Show


Published October 11, 2011


LibriVox recording of Co. Aytch, by Sam R. Watkins. Read by Winston Tharp.

Samuel “Sam” Rush Watkins (June 26, 1839 – July 20, 1901) was a noted Confederate soldier during the American Civil War. He is known today for his memoir Company Aytch: Or, a Side Show of the Big Show, often heralded as one of the best primary sources about the common soldier's Civil War experience....Sam’s writing style is quite engaging and skillfully captures the pride, misery, glory, and horror experienced by the common foot soldier. Watkins is often featured and quoted in Ken Burns’ 1990 documentary titled The Civil War. (Introduction from Wikipedia)

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Reviewer: AuntieCoosa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2015
Subject: Every Congress Member would benefit
This is a recording that every Congress member and Congressional Staff member and every State politician and every Media reporter and every political pundit and every Civil Rights activist and every College and University professor and instructor and every Federal and State employee and every School personnel member and every student from 7th grade to graduate school ... and especially every Community Organizer ... should listen to at least half a dozen times! This recording should be broadcast throughout the USA and the entire world!
Reviewer: lanternland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2013
Subject: Highest rating - one of the best books on Librivox
One of the very best books on Librivox, and one of the best war memoirs ever written. It's really one of the best anti-war memoirs ever written because it describes the unvarnished brutality and horror behind the fancy slogans and songs that they trot out to marshal up the canon fodder for their wars. It was written by an ordinary private who fought for the CSA in the Civil War, in the First Tennessee Infantry. Of the 1,200 men who fought for the First Tennessee only 65 were left at the end.

Winston Tharp's reading is superb, one of Librivox' best, perfect.
Reviewer: GonzoRanch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2013
Subject: good story
it's worth your listen. I've listened to it 2x, will again in the future.
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